“America has long dominated the ‘ultimate high ground’ of space. However, space is becoming more congested, contested, and competitive,” Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., said in an April 12 statement announcing the legislation. “Even so, private companies are developing revolutionary technologies — from reusable rockets to asteroid mining and human space habitats. The American Space Renaissance Act makes comprehensive and bold policy advances and reforms necessary to ensure American leadership in space.”
The emergence of new companies across the spectrum of space services is transforming the way the government thinks about operations and acquisitions in space, Bridenstine said in a recent interview. The goal is to use commercial assets to minimize the burden on space operators while maximizing effectiveness for the war fighter, he said.